Janet and I took a drive downtown today and visited the new Compass Coffee location. Mike, Brian and company have pulled out all the stops. The ambiance of the shop is beyond what these photos can show. It all comes together. And it's about time. They're open for business!
The place was packed but not crowded.
The steampunk chandelier overhead was designed and built by Mike to code.
This place is filled with architectural details, like the original flooring they discovered three layers down.
The second layer of flooring now lives on the wall behind the bar and frames the compass logo.
There's a compass clock.
And the theme is carried to the wall next to the espresso bar.
It's stocked with top-grade equipment, including this Fetco 2152 XTS touchscreen programmable brewer, and the Mahlkonig EK 43 grinder next to it. They're awaiting delivery of a Fetco HWD-2105TOD water tower that can deliver water between 205° and 158°F with the ability to pre-set four temperatures +/- 3°.
Everyone was pitching in, including Mike in the blue/green shirt behind the bar. His partner Brian's the barista tending the Synesso Hydra in Ken's series of shots above.
By now Justin had taken on the barista duties.
The barware is in the new color scheme of their logo, orange and green.
I had an Idido single origin espresso that was floral and rich. Janet had an unusual decaf latte flavored with Earl Grey tea and honey. These flavors combined into a delicious Middle Eastern spice mix with a smokey background flavor.